Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

The Sock Thief

August 25, 2015

sockThe Sock Thief

By Ana Crespo

Illustrated by Nana Gonzalez

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Felipe is a sock thief. Once a week, he gets up very early and picks mangoes from his family’s tree, then he goes the long way to school. He doesn’t have any socks of his own, since his only pair of shoes are worn out flip-flops, so he takes socks from windowsills and laundry lines. But for every pair of socks he takes, he leaves behind a ripe mango. What does he do with so many socks? It turns out that it’s not as much of a secret as Felipe thinks.

A fun story about ingenuity and kindness in a small town, The Sock Thief will charm soccer fans and creatives alike. There are introductory words in Portuguese scattered throughout the text, as well as a glossary in the back to help the reader learn a few more words. The bright and cheery pictures will draw in any reader as you get closer to learning about Felipe’s secret use for the socks.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

 

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Click!

August 11, 2015

clickClick!

By Jeffrey Ebbeler

Recommended for ages 3-8.

Written in a style similar to a comic book, Click! is a book with limited words. There are a lot of noises that go on in the night, and one little boy who needs a good night of sleep. To help give his family the rest they need, the boy’s friendly bird-lamp runs around the house to stop all of those pesky noises. He follows the drip, drip, drops to the leaky faucet and the rock, rock, creaks to a rocking chair being blown by the wind. After he takes care of all the night sounds, he makes sure to look after his human boy.

This is a sweet book about friendship and being thoughtful. Since the entire book is told in sound-effects and the bird’s reactions, it’s fun to sit with your child and narrate the story together. The colorful pictures give a lot of character to the sleeping house, showing that it’s not just the little bird who’s alive. Look for the faces hidden in the furniture and items all over the house!

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Stick and Stone

July 28, 2015

Stick and Stone

By Beth Ferry

Stick and Stone are lonely and alone until they become the best of friends, then they make a perfect 10! Read along and watch their friendship grow through simple rhyming text and beautifully illustrated adventures.

Tom Lichtenheld’s absolutely adorable artwork brings life to each of the characters. This charming story tells how friendship grows and how friends help each other.  The book makes for great discussion with your little reader(s).  Even though Stick and Stone don’t look the same they are friends; friends that help each other and play together, and stay together.  This is a great book with a great message.  Happy reading!

 

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Daredevil Duck

July 24, 2015

Daredevil-Duck-cover-925x1024Daredevil Duck by Charlie Alder

Meet Daredevil Duck
He is afraid of everything. But that doesn’t stop him from DREAMING of being brave.
Then one day he is given the biggest challenge of all . . .
Can Daredevil Duck prove that he is the bravest duck in the whole wide world?

This is the story of an ordinary duck (with a few little fears), who longs to be something extraordinary, and how, over the course of this adorable lift-the-flap book, he just might get his wish (with some help and a little effort along the way). This is a great way to explore the idea of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something that makes you feel a little afraid, and how sometimes that can open up a whole new world to you! With bold bright illustrations, lots of humor, and pictures hidden behind various flaps, it’s an interactive experience that’s a whole lot of fun–even if you’re already the bravest duck in the whole world!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

 

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Small Elephant’s Bathtime

July 15, 2015

eleSmall Elephant’s Bathtime

By Tatyana Feeney

Small elephant doesn’t want to take a bath. He loves water, just not when it’s in a tub. Mommy elephant does everything she can to make bathtime more appealing. She blows bubbles and adds toys, but small elephant keeps saying no, No, NO! Finally, mommy elephant is down to her very last try: daddy elephant!

A book of giggles and families, Small Elephant is sure to delight your little reader. The simple text and limited color scheme lets the reader focus on the words. Whether your little one loves bathtime, or would rather be ANYWHERE else, they will enjoy small elephant’s story. Like elephant, they might find that they never want to leave the bathtub once they get into it!

Recommended for ages 2-5 years.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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My Grandma’s a Ninja

July 8, 2015

ninjaMy Grandma’s a Ninja

By Todd Tarpley

Illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou

Ethan’s grandmother is far from normal. She takes him on a zip line to school, jumps down from the ceiling during show-and-tell, and teaches his friends karate moves. She can even do flips upside-down in slow motion because she’s a ninja! As cool as it is to have a ninja grandmother, it has its downsides too. When Ethan’s grandma pops the soccer ball at his team’s practice, everyone is upset, including Ethan. For once, he wishes for a normal grandmother. The big soccer game comes and Ethan realizes that all the cool stuff his grandma taught him can help him win the game!

Cute and very silly, My Grandma’s a Ninja is a fun read for the fan of ninjas, sports, and anyone with that unusual family member that just MIGHT be a ninja. It helps teach children about unconditional love through humor and a story they’ll want to read over and over.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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The Monkey and the Bee

June 26, 2015

 

 

 

The Monkey and the Bee

By C.P. Bloom

I LOVE this book!  Wordless and nearly wordless picture books are favorites of mine, as they provide opportunities for the reader to discuss the pictures, demonstrate reading with expression, and have tons of fun. In Bloom’s book, a simple story of a monkey, a banana and a bee is told.  It is fantastic fun to watch their adventure unfold through illustrator Peter Raymundo’s marvelous artwork. Will the monkey share his banana? Will the monkey and the bee learn to get along? What will happen to the lion? Yes, there is also a lion! Want to know more?  Check out this awesome book and join the fun.  Did I mention that I LOVE this book?! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy reading!

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The Boy and the Book

June 18, 2015

boybookThe Boy and the Book

By David Michael Slater

Illustrated by Bob Kolar

With just three words, this book tells the story of the joy of learning to read. It’s a struggle at first, sometimes frustrating, but when the words start to make sense, it opens up a whole new world. The young boy in the story comes into the library with his mother, sending the books scattering in terror. He finds a blue book with monsters, but doesn’t take very good care of it. When he’s gone, the book gets taped back together. The boy returns and the other books try to save their friend. This time, the book sees that in order for the boy to learn to read, he must be given the chance.

This book can help build your child’s narrative skills. By leaving out the words, it allows the reader to fill in the story with their own words and imagination. Try letting your child verbally narrate the book, or make the story up together. Narrative skills are an important part of early literacy.

Recommended for ages 2-5.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Trapped!

June 10, 2015

trapped coverTrapped!  A Whale’s Rescue by Robert Burleigh and illustrations by Wendell Minor

As a humpback whale “spyhops, lobtails, flashes her flukes,” and feeds on krill, she encounters danger in the form of unseen nets.  Soon, the threads of the nets are entangled on her body and she begins to struggle.  She is TRAPPED.  Rescue divers come, but are they too late?

With rich vocabulary and many full-page spreads, the reader has a sense of the majesty and grand size of the whale.  There is tension as the reader hopes for a successful rescue.  Wendell Minor’s gouache illustrations are realistic and depict the beautiful, jewel-tone colors of the ocean.  This is the best kind of non-fiction picture book, with the final pages giving more information on the true story behind the book, whale rescue, and humpback whales, and where to look for more resources.

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In the final double-page spread with no text, the whale splashes back to the depths of the ocean by the light of the moon.  A truly beautiful picture book about a trapped (and saved) whale.

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Turtle Island

June 2, 2015

turtleTurtle Island

By Kevin Sherry

The ocean is a very big place, as Kevin Sherry taught us in his other picture books I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean and I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean. The giant turtle in Turtle Island is lonely. Even though he is VERY big, he doesn’t have any friends. A big storm changes that one day and he meets four animals who all have special talents. Together, they make turtle their new home (and the first Turtle Island). Turtle is so happy to have friends that he forgets Bear, Cat, Owl, and Frog all have homes and families. He must say a teary goodbye to his new friends, but not for long! Soon his friends return with a special surprise!

With fun, bright colors and friendly characters, Turtle Island is a fun read to share together. It has simple text, but so much to look at in the tiny towns on turtle’s back. Try using the pictures to tell your own story with your child to encourage their imaginations.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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